Principal News Post – Term 2 Week 1

Great to see students and staff back at school this week. A special mention to all parents who supported the Reception to Year 2 swimming program over the last week. Your support has been very much appreciated. The feedback from many teachers and parents suggest that the swimming program was successful and well run. We certainly value the feedback from the swimming instructors who were highly complimentary of our students attitudes and behaviour.

Pedal Prix

This weekend marks the first race for our Pedal Prix team racing at Loxton over the weekend. Good luck to students and parents participating and once again thank you to Year 6/7 teacher Mark Lemmey for leading the program.

NAPLAN

The National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in Years 3, 5 and 7 takes place next week from May 9-11. NAPLAN tests reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Teachers have been working with students preparing for this year’s tests and as parents you can help your child prepare for the tests by reassuring them that they are a part of their school program, and to simply remind then to ‘try their best.’

Leading Child Psychologist Andrew Fuller provides the following advice.

QKR!

We have now added an additional option for school payments being the Qkr! App, which has successfully been used for canteen purchases. Please refer to the recent post outlining the new updates.

Fundraising Team

We have highly valued the support and efforts of our school’s fundraising team over many years. If you are willing and able to assist with the organisation of activities for 2017, please consider joining this year’s team – next meeting to be held next Tuesday evening. See post for further details.

Student Free Day Reminders for Term 2

A reminder that we have two student free days this term .

  • Friday 9 June – Teachers will be working on Learning Design and Moderation with Partnership schools.
  • Monday 3 July – All staff will be attending a workshop run by Mark Le Messurier – Working with students with ASD and challenging behaviours.

OSHC is available, please book directly with them.

School Improvement Planning

On an ongoing basis we review and redevelop our school improvement plan describing key priorities, strategies and actions which we set out to achieve in support of the school’s vision (direction). On Monday we have a series of 90 minute sessions where teachers are released to work in planning teams to further develop our improvement plan for 2017.

 

Regards, Paul Luke

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